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THE WELLINGTONIAN, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011
Carterton Daffodil Carnival
Sunday 11th September
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Literacy quiz for a good cause
By CALLUM TOWNSEND
Authors and VIPs are joining
forces with reading and literacy
organisations for a literacy quiz
Katrina Edgar, a member of
not-for-profit community group
Altrusa Wellington, which is
running the event, said she
hoped to raise several thousand
dollars for Literacy Aotearoa
and children s literature advo-
cacy group Storylines.
Catriona Petrie, a spokes-
woman for the Wellington
branch of Literacy Aotearoa,
said fundraisers such as the quiz
raised awareness of the issues
facing New Zealanders as well
as raising money.
Literacy was not just about
the ability to read and write; it
was about the ability to function
in society, she said.
There are very few people
who are genuinely illiterate in
terms of the fact that they can-
not read and write at all, she
It s more like a bookshelf
than an empty jar.
They have some books on the
shelf, but there are some books
missing. It s about filling in
As many as one in five New
Zealand adults did not have a
sufficient level of literacy to eas-
ily go grocery shopping, read the
newspaper or hold down a job,
Although Wellington did well
in literacy statistics, having a
well-educated, highly-paid cen-
tral city could be concealing poor
literacy levels in farther-flung
Wellington is one of the most
literate cities, but that s because
of the fact that we re the govern-
ment city . . . the average gets
skewed by the part of the popu-
lation that is involved in that.
Ms Petrie said she was enor-
mously grateful to Altrusa for
promoting and putting time into
The fact that they re
partnering with Storylines as
well is great, because it
emphasises the importance of
[The] issue of literacy diffi-
culties for adults does start in
New Zealand author and a
founding member of Storylines,
Tessa Duder, said she was
thrilled with the event.
[Storylines] is very largely
run with volunteer enthusiasm.
We re very dependent on
The money raised went
towards further events in the same
area, Ms Duder said.
The literacy quiz will be at the
Amora Hotel on September 8, 7pm.
VIP guests would be placed with
premium ticket-holders, and would
take part in the quiz.
Tickets cost $20 for general admis-
sion, and $50 for premium admis-
sion. More than $1000 in prizes will
be up for grabs. Tickets available at
Students demand online
interaction in job search
By LAUREN PRIESTLEY
The student voice is the driving force behind the
revamp of Student Job Search, which is closing
the door on its regional offices on September 30.
The company s chief executive, Paul Kennedy,
said the closure was not a cost-cutting measure,
and said the change was a result of student
Statistics showed students wanted more online
interaction and 24/7 access, with less than 10 per
cent using the walk-in offices, Mr Kennedy said.
Four times as many students as those who
want to engage face-to-face are telling us get your
applications online instead of having to walk in.
Students are the biggest pool of emerging dom-
estic talent we have . . . we ve got to listen to
The change includes closure of the walk-in
offices and the introduction of online-profiling so
students can get jobs completely over the internet.
I find it ludicrous we are an organisation that
engages technology-savvy students, but we
require them to look at our website every day they
need a job, and then call in.
The service placed more than 25,000 students in
jobs last year, a 20 per cent increase from 2009.
Mr Kennedy said while the renovation was not
a cost-cutting measure, Student Job Search was
very aware of the government funding it received
for 90 per cent of its operations.
Government funding is never assured, he said.
If we don t stay effective and lean and mean, then
we re at risk.
Victoria University student services director
Pam Thorburn said the university could not con-
tribute to funding for Student Job Search because
it was not classified as a university service.
Students hope the change in Student Job
Search s model will satisfy some of the
shortcomings in the process of applying for jobs.
Massey postgraduate student Jacob McSweeny
said the difficulties of calling Student Job Search
put him off.
They just assume students have home phones,
because they don t let you call the 0800 number
from a cell. They can t think or act laterally.
Student Job Search is looking to work more
closely with career services on university
campuses as well as Careers New Zealand.
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